Top 10 Things to do in Clonakilty, Ireland

October 13, 2017 Diedre Savory

Clonakilty (/ˈklɔːnæˌkɪltiː/; Irish: Cloich na Coillte, Clanna Chaoilte), sometimes shortened to Clon, is a town in County Cork, Ireland. The town is located at the head of the tidal Clonakilty Bay. The rural hinterland is used mainly for dairy farming. The town's population as of 2016 was 4,592. The town is a tourism hub in West Cork, and was recognised as the "Best Town in Europe" in 2017, and "Best Place of the Year" in 2017 by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. Clonakilty is in the Cork South–West (Dáil Éireann) constituency, which has five seats.
Restaurants in Clonakilty

1. Inchydoney Beach

Clonakilty, Ireland
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4.5 based on 586 reviews

Inchydoney Beach

Reviewed By macbethIreland - Ireland

Great place to get away from it all, this hotel pulls out all the stops to make your stay enjoyable relaxing and hassle free , great sea water pool , great food hotel if fab , staff brillent, 10/10

2. Michael Collins Centre

Castleview, Clonakilty, Ireland +353 23 884 6107
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4.5 based on 212 reviews

Michael Collins Centre

We are a family run interpretive centre, just off the main road(R600)between Clonakilty and Timoleague/Kinsale).We are also located on the Wild Atlantic Way. We are open from Mid June to Mid September. At the centre we give presentations interpreting the life and times of Michael Collins. We begin with an audio visual presentation showing all the places connected with Michael Collins in West Cork, we also have a second audio visual consisting of archive footage. The most unique part of the presentation is our live lecture which is conducted by an expert historian who gives an account of the 'Big Fella's' life from 1906 until his death. We also have a full scale replica of the Ambush site in Beal na mBlath. We also do private Michael Collins tours.

Reviewed By Johnkelly299 - Bray, Ireland

Tim and Dolores Crowley have created a private museum of memorabilia relating to the life of the patriot Michael Collins. Tim presents the story of the much admired man with great passion and insight. His presentation includes a tour de force description of the emergence of the free Ireland.

3. West Cork Model Railway Village

Inchydoney Road, Clonakilty, Ireland +353 23 883 3224
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4 based on 353 reviews

West Cork Model Railway Village

As Ireland's only Model Village, the West Cork Model Railway Village in Clonakilty, Co. Cork is a fully scaled handmade model of the old West Cork Railway Line with fully working trains and the towns that the railway served during the 1940s. Take a spin on our iconic Road Train through the beautiful town of Clonakilty. Indoor and outdoor play areas. Relax and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea in our cafe or visit our Gift Shop in an authentic train carriage.

Reviewed By James B - Cork, Ireland

My wife, my 2 year old and I visited the Model Railway Village recently and were very impressed by it. It’s really well built and out small one loved watching the trains and of course the big highlight was the train ride around the lovely Clonakilty. I’d really recommend this if you have small kids, they’ll love it.

4. Michael Collins House

7 Emmet Square, Clonakilty, Ireland +353 23 885 8676
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4.5 based on 71 reviews

Michael Collins House

Michael Collins House is a History Museum in Clonakilty, Cork dedicated to Irish revolutionary hero, Michael Collins. Learn about the 'Big Fella' himself and his life story entwined with the history of the fight for Irish independence. Discover the local patriots who went before Collins and dedicated their lives to an independent Ireland, influencing the path which Collins would later take. Through guided tours, interactive displays, audio visuals, artefacts and information boards Irish history is brought to life and presented in an easy to understand and personal manner, suitable for all the family.

Reviewed By magpieok - London, United Kingdom

I hadn't expected such a fine memorial to Michael Collins and really enjoyed all it had to show us... I particularly liked the video in the last room (13 min's.) which summarised everything you needed to know well enough for all to understand. I love the letters written to his fiancé Kitty; showed the human side much more than the military man often shown in photographs. The house itself was nicely done with lots of replicas of his possessions and things of the time. I think it was nicely done although probably a bit a bit lacking in actual belongings. But definitely worth a visit for all historians. School children would gain a lot from the history displayed there. There was a small souvenir shop with interesting books and other items.

5. Fernhill Gardens

Fernhil Hotel, Clonakilty, Ireland +353 23 883 3258
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5 based on 23 reviews

Fernhill Gardens

Reviewed By Emma R

The Fernhill Gardens are a hidden gem of West Cork. You can stroll through the labyrinth of blooms and take in what nature has to offer. On a fine afternoon this really is an escape, with stunning water features and fabulous views, this really is worth checking out!

6. Birthplace of Michael Collins

Clonakilty, Ireland 353-23-33226
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4.5 based on 56 reviews

Birthplace of Michael Collins

Reviewed By ntreilly - Cork, Ireland

Visited this spot years ago and unfortunately nothing has changed much. I thought there would have been a lot more information on display telling us about his life.

7. Lisselan Gardens

Clonakilty, Ireland
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4 based on 18 reviews

Lisselan Gardens

Reviewed By AlanCowdell-Browne - Galway, Ireland (Republic Of.)

Really interesting Gardens, I know they suffered rather over the last winter but the potential is amazing. It is a pity the Terrace is closed off, but it looks like it may be in need of major restoration. The water Gardens are lovely but again are in need of a bit of restoration. A tea room would be great!

8. Etain Hickey Collections

40 Ashe Street, Clonakilty, Ireland +353 23 883 8875
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Etain Hickey Collections

Reviewed By hipadvis0r - Boston, Massachusetts

I love the diversity of artisans that Etain represents! And this place is always sure to meet the needs of aspiring gift-givers! There are so many wonderful options that meet all budgets...from jewelry and handmade bags to incredibly made wall hangings and small furniture, Etain Hickey has such a wealth of art and handcrafted items, the trouble is always in the decision to leave something behind. There are things in every nook and cranny in there and it's such a joy to explore!

9. West Cork Regional Museum

Western Road, Clonakilty, Ireland
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4 based on 9 reviews

West Cork Regional Museum

Reviewed By Patricia K - Romsey, United Kingdom

Really informative and interesting little museum divided into sections for the political, sporting, educational and ordinary daily lives of the local people over the last +100 years. Lots of photographs, uniforms, regalia and artefacts. Helpful curator. Worth a visit.

10. Clonakilty Brewing Company

Unit 1 Clogheen Industrial Estate, Clonakilty, Ireland +353 87 130 2307
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Clonakilty Brewing Company

At Clonakilty Brewing Company, it’s all about The Beer! Visit the newly established Micro-brewery in Clonakilty. Meet head brewer ‘Thirsty Frank’, taste the award-winning beers and learn about the quirky local stories that inspired them.

Reviewed By Vinny971 - Bagenalstown, Ireland

Had an excellent tour in Clonakilty Brewing Co.Craft Beers with our birthday party Sunday morning 24th Sept. Owner Frank (from Norway) was very good and explained the whole process of brewing . Afterwards, upstairs , we tasted his beers ( I particularly liked the " Inchidoney " brand ) and sampled brown bread , smoked fish and cheese to compliment the beers . We had so much food there was no need for lunch !
Overall, very good craft beers and we hope they do very well

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